Outstanding Achievement: Mairi Hedderwick
We are delighted to announce the winner of our inaugural Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award, Mairi Hedderwick!
As the writer and illustrator of the phenomenally popular Katie Morag series, Mairi's work has enchanted children in Scotland since the first story was published in 1984. Since then, the Katie Morag stories have continued their national success, while also reaching international audiences with popular translated editions including Norwegian, Swedish and Chinese.
Speaking on the decision to honour Mairi Hedderwick, Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust and chair of our judging panel, said:
'While the work produced by the greatest children’s authors and illustrators is marvellously individual and diverse, one thing unites them all - their ability to capture and express, in ways deep, eternal and true, what childhood feels and looks like. The Katie Morag books are timeless because of this joyful, life-affirming quality. In the hands of a master artist and storyteller like Mairi, it shines through on every page and in so doing, illuminates us.'
At our awards reception, Peggy Hughes, Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, spoke about the impact of Katie Morag as a character:
'With the arrival of Katie Morag in Katie Delivers the Mail in 1984 to her Cbeebies TV debut in 2013 and subsequent stratospheric fame, Mairi Hedderwick has put the fictional isle of Struay on the map and gifted us an iconic heroine: in her black wellingtons and kilt this spirited and thrawn and curious girl shows other girls and boys what girls can be.'
You can gain more insight into Mairi's work in our author video, filmed in Mairi's home studio.
Inspire your pupils
Our resources can help your pupils discover the joy of reading through the Katie Morag books:
- During Book Week Scotland 2013, Mairi Hedderwick joined us for a BBC Authors Live broadcast which thousands of children tuned in to watch live. You can watch this on demand to hear Mairi read one of the Katie Morag stories and discover more about her inspiration.
- You can also check out our case study blog from Maddiston Primary School, who built a creative project around the Authors Live broadcast.
- Our specially commissioned, CfE-linked learning resources include reading, writing and cross-curricular activities to help you explore the Katie Morag books with your class.
- To celebrate Mairi's achievement, Browns Books for Students are offering a 40% discount on all Katie Morag books until 30 September 2017. You can take advantage of this offer here.
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